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- November 6, 2011 at 12:42 AM #47433ShaunParticipant
I have a $1300 budget and want to get the best I can get.
All I need is the desktop, I have the monitors, external sound card, etc.
I plan to use Sony Vegas Pro and Adobe Audition for my sound editor (I do a lot of audio recording). I have a feeling that for doing video I should have some additional PCIe card so I can connect external hard drives (eSATA?). Any thoughts on what I should use to get the fastest connection?
Also, I def. want at least 8GB’s of RAM (DDR3) and a few TB’s of hard drive space. But what other spec’s should I be looking for?
What Video cards are affordable, but excellent for today’s standards? I’ll be shooting commercials, interviews, maybe the occassional digital short, etc. I’m sick of my currrent rig bogging down during rendering and dragging in video files.
Shaun, I’ll give a few thoughts and then refer you to a thread on this forum. Get a fast hard drive 7200 rpm or solid state (mucho $$$). From what I have read, a real good video card will help use the capabilities of the new Sony Pro to their fullest for rendering and monitoring. Processorshould be in the i7range(various models should fit the bill), you can get by with lesser stuff (I am but will be switching to i7) butwhy limit yourself when spending serious money for a few hundred dollars. How this helps. The thread to look for on this forum is: Best Computer for Editing- under the heading of Compositing Software.
I’m concerned that even in the PC family, you might be bumping the top of your budget against the things you say you want to incorporate into an editing desktop.
Oh, you could, for example, go with the entry level iMac and work with the software that comes with it, and likely similar solutions with PC community, but I don’t know that SVPro, 8GB RAM, and a “few TBs of hard drive space” will fit into $1,300, including the computer, even if you DO have all the monitors you need and an external sound card.
Build it yourself and save a bundle – I put together (still not totally done) a Core i7-2600K w/16GBRAM, twin 3TB 7200 sATA 6g drives, EVGA GE430 video, ASUS p8P67pro MB, 750 WATT power supply for around your budget.
Bruce, PLEASE, when you’re done and have a total figure send me complete instructions and tell me where to get the components! Seriously, I’ve always wanted to play around with SONY Vegas, so if I could build a system like yours for $1,300 I’d be inclined to do it so I could explore Vegas. THAT would be a white paper worth having!
Hi Earl –
Most parts were purchased from CompUSA local store – I waited for sales and made several trips – Got the MONSTER Thermaltake case for $129, processor for $299, memory for $120, power supply for $79, motherboard for $189, hard drives for $169 each, EVGA GT430 for $74, $10 for inexpensive speakers (I use good headphones when editing) – without os or other software came to around $1300 with tax.
Already had a nice ASUS24″ 1080p monitor, lots of software & other peripherals (2tb SATA 3g HD, BluRay burner, DVD burner, etc…).
Add in $140 for Win 7 64 bit Pro and the same for my Vegas upgrade and am still under $2k for the whole shootin’ match.
The best decisions were 1) the case – got the Thermaltake Chaser MK-I Full Tower gaming case – very roomy, lots of fans, amazing features like a built in hot swappable SATA HD cradle, front & back USB 3, very easy assembly; 2) the motherboard -The ASUS P8P67pro is amazing and has everything you’ll need – 1394, USB2 & 3, eSATA, decent sound, etc… – plus it’s ready for the really high end video cards if you wanna go that route.